In November , Abumrad and Parton first sat down to talk at a studio in Nashville. Figuring out those mini universes meant that he had to understand the music. A recording of a interview with a year-old Parton serves as a lodestar for that first episode.
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In the interview she talks about her upbringing in the hills of the Smoky Mountains, and the fact that she moved to Nashville to pursue her career the day after graduating from high school. She also talks about some of those so-called sad-ass songs, and Abumrad realized the extent to which they bear witness to the hardships and violence that women faced during the time of her childhood.
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The opening is the story leading up to Lincoln's assignation told in the third person. Then we have the section with Mary Todd's early life, told in the first person. This was by far my favorite section of the book, much more indicative of Rinaldi's usual first person narratives. Then after a time, we head i As a true Ann Rinaldi fan, this book was not her best!
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Then after a time, we head into Lizzy's story told first person. Then we are back to a third person summary at the end I think this could have flowed more easily and the narratives could be connected a bit more. I was really put off by the changes in POV, so unlike Rinaldi's writing. I think perhaps she was under a deadline to finish. But the book peaked my interest in Mary Todd Lincoln and this is something Ann Rinaldi does to me every time I read one of her books.
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Oct 14, Carrie rated it really liked it Shelves: multicultural. Unbeknownst to her, her guards are unaware of the friendship and message and keep Elizabeth from her. Exploring the themes of friendship in spite of racial and social differences, this powerful story will show children that no matter where you're from, you can be friends with whomever you choose. May 30, Kelli rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult. She truly brings history to life. For those that enjoy history, her books are perfect. She does her research well, and is very good at turning that information into story form. But that it had been written as one sweeping novel.
Nov 13, Melenia rated it liked it. It was like reading three different books. While each part was enjoyable, they just didn't come together as a cohesive book. The skip from Elizabeth Keckley's childhood to her life involved in the White House just didn't ring true. It was too far of a jump.
I wish there had been more of an in between dialogue to understand how she grew to be who she was. Jul 06, Carla Schuyler rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book, but found it lacking in being about the actual friendship. It was truly separate stories of two different girls one white and one black growing up in a volatile time in our nation. The stories are mostly fact based. This story made me realise again how lucky I was to grow up without having to be afraid to be sold or to be beaten or hurt in another way, or to be afraid of family being sold and ripped apart.
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Different times from the past, injustice that still happens in some parts of the world I am a lucky person and it is a story worth reading! Jan 22, Lori Rose rated it it was amazing.
A must read. I read this book in two days!
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Jan 15, Lori rated it it was amazing. I read it in two days. Jun 17, Doreen Van rated it liked it. Trigger warning: suicide. Oct 31, Kristi Dicks rated it it was amazing. This book is written in such a way that it comes alive in your mind. Shelves: non-fiction , , own , girls-sunday-night-book-club , history. A story of two women who became friends, even though they grew up in very different circumstances. Ironically, both suffered many losses in life and that's probably what drew them to each other. Mary Todd was determined from an early age--she even wanted to marry a President.
She lost her mother at an early age and her step-mother was not kind.
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Mary's Mammy Sally and Grandma Parker were able to nurture her. She painted flowers on the fence so that Mammy Sally could help slaves get foo A story of two women who became friends, even though they grew up in very different circumstances. She painted flowers on the fence so that Mammy Sally could help slaves get food and other needs met while trying to gain freedom. She was a good negotiator on behalf of her father. Her father was determined to give her a good education.
She shopped to make her happy. She was influential in Abraham Lincoln's life. She had to deal with losing many people who were close to her. Elizabeth was the daughter of a slave mother and her mother's master. She was given "special priviledges" that allowed her to work in the master's house, instead of the fields. I ended up liking Elizabeth Keckley a lot.
I liked the writing about Elizabeth better than the part about Mary. Favorite quotes from Mary's Life: " It isn't what happens to you in life that matters, it's how you take it.
They went to the fields when it was still dark and came home after sundown. Or as they say, 'From can't see to can't see. And grow up being extra special at something.